Liverpool's 10 best and 10 worst signings of the decade

It’s been quite a decade for Liverpool.

Six months into 2010, they had Roy Hodgson at the helm and genuinely feared a relegation battle before he was sacked in January. They finished sixth and trophyless that season with just 58 points.

The next few campaigns weren’t much better.

An eighth-placed finish on 52 points followed under Kenny Dalglish – although they did have a League Cup to show for it.

The following six seasons finished without silverware and they came seventh, second, sixth, eighth, fourth, fourth and second.

But they will conclude the decade as the best side in European football under Jurgen Klopp.

They’ve reached the last two Champions League finals – winning it last season – and sit clear at the top of the Premier League.

What a journey.

To sum up the highs and lows of the decade, we here at GIVEMESPORT have decided to rank Liverpool’s 10 best and 10 worst signings since 2010.

Of course, Klopp is probably the best signing Liverpool have ever made but let’s just focus on the players for now.

10 best signings

We’ll start with the 10 best signings of the decade:

10 | Joel Matip | Free

A fantastic piece of business.

He may not be the best central defender in the world but he’s been very reliable in the last three-and-a-half seasons.

He started forming a partnership with Van Dijk at the beginning of this season until an injury sidelined him.

Still only 28.

9 | James Milner | Free

Another freebie. Milner arrived from Manchester City in 2015 and has been Mr Reliable for the Reds ever since.

Whether it’s at left-back or central midfield, you can always trust the 33-year-old to perform.

He’s played almost 200 times for the club and has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2022.

8 | Alisson Becker | £67m

After years of Simon Mignolet and then Loris Karius, the arrival of Alisson was very welcome indeed.

He recently won the Yashin Trophy, an award for the best goalkeeper in the world.

7 | Roberto Firmino | £29m

A testament to Liverpool’s transfer business in the last 10 years that Firmino is only seventh in this list.

“When I saw that Liverpool had signed him, I thought: ‘How could Liverpool do this?” Klopp revealed after he was appointed as Liverpool boss.

“I thought they had made a good signing because I felt pretty sure clubs would have paid a lot more for him.”

Klopp knows what he’s talking about because Firmino has become a vital cog in this Liverpool side.

6 | Philippe Coutinho | £8.5m

When you sign a player for £8.5m and sell him for £142m, you know they’ve done pretty well in the five years they’d been at the club.

That’s what happened with Coutinho, who proved to be an absolute bargain from Inter Milan.

Unfortunately for Liverpool, his performances attracted the interest of Barcelona and the Brazilian downed tools to force through his move.

5 | Luis Suarez | £23m

In his final two seasons at the club, Suarez scored 54 goals in 66 Premier League matches.


It earned him a £65m move to Barcelona, where he’s established himself as one of the best strikers in world football.

How cheap do those figures seem now!?

4 | Sadio Mane | £34m

Mane didn’t hit the ground running quite like Mohamed Salah, only managing 13 goals during his debut campaign in 2016/17.

However, he’s arguably surpassed Salah now and recently finished fourth in the 2019 Ballon d’Or rankings.

3 | Mohamed Salah | £34m

Eyebrows were raised when Liverpool spent £34 million on a player that failed to make an impression at Chelsea.

But the Egyptian produced an incredible first season at Anfield, scoring 44 goals and followed that up with another 27 last season.

He’s currently notched 84 goals in 126 matches for the European champions.

2 | Andrew Robertson | £8m

Eight million pounds for arguably the best left-back in the world. Incredible.

When Robertson arrived from recently relegated Hull, he was behind Alberto Moreno in the pecking order.

It didn’t take too long for the Scot to make the left-back position his own and he hasn’t looked back ever since.

To think Liverpool effectively swapped him for Kevin Stewart.

1 | Virgil van Dijk | £75m

It’s staggering to think that, when Liverpool paid £75m for Van Dijk back in January 2017, some football fans thought it was far too much.

But in the two years, the Dutchman has established himself as the best defender in world football and narrowly missed out on the Ballon d’Or to Lionel Messi.

A £75m bargain.

10 worst signings

And now for the 10 worst signings of the decade…

10 | Sebastian Coates | £7m

Coates probably wasn’t helped by the fact he signed for a struggling Liverpool side in 2011 but the Uruguayan managed just 12 appearances before being let go.

At least he’ll always be remembered for THAT overhead kick against QPR.

9 | Loris Karius | £4.75m

Karius battled with Simon Mignolet for the No.1 spot during his entire Liverpool career but was the preferred option towards the end of the 2017/18 season.

That meant the German started the Champions League final against Real Madrid. But it was the last game Karius would play for Liverpool after two horrible errors gifted Real a 3-1 victory.

He’s still contracted by the club – on loan at Besiktas – but with Alisson establishing himself as the best goalkeeper in the world, there’s surely no way back for Karius.

8 | Christian Poulsen | £4.5m

Poulsen and Roy Hodgson – a match made in hell.

After Kenny Dalglish replaced Hodgson, he preferred a young Jay Spearing. That pretty much sums up Poulsen’s ability.

One year after his arrival, he signed a one-year deal with French side Evian.

7 | Stewart Downing | £20m

To think that Liverpool have gone from Downing to Mane and Salah in the matter of years.

In fairness, Downing wasn’t terrible for Liverpool but he wasn’t very good either – and certainly didn’t pay back his £20m fee.

The winger only missed two Premier League games in his first season – but failed to score a single league goal.

He finished his Liverpool career with three goals in 65 league matches.

6 | Paul Konchesky | £3 million

You’ve got to have been a terrible signing if you make this list after costing the club just £3m.

Konchesky lasted just 15 league games and even experienced Liverpool fans cheering when he was substituted off during one match. He was that bad,

He probably wasn’t helped by his mum calling out Liverpool fans for their treatment of her son.

5 | Fabio Borini | £10.5m

Borini was Brendan Rodgers’ first signing as Liverpool manager.

But, for a striker, Borini’s goal record was pretty wretched.

Three goals in 38 appearances saw the Reds offload the Italian to Sunderland.

4 | Andy Carroll | £35m

On the same day Fernando Torres left for Chelsea, Liverpool replaced him with Carroll. It made him the eighth most expensive footballer of all-time.

It didn’t go to plan, though.

Eleven goals in 58 appearances followed before the club sold him to West Ham for £15m.

3 | Charlie Adam | £6.75m

When Adam was at Blackpool, Sir Alex Ferguson said that his corner kicks were ‘worth £10m alone.’

In hindsight, many fans think Ferguson was just trying to convince Liverpool to waste their money on the midfielder.

He lasted just one season at Anfield and, although he helped the club win the League Cup in 2012, he contributed by blazing his penalty into space with his spot-kick in the penalty shootout victory against Cardiff.

2 | Mario Balotelli | £16m

How do you replace the troublesome Suarez? With the troublesome Balotelli, of course.

Apart from the fact Balotelli didn’t have anywhere near the ability that Suarez had.

Four goals in 28 appearances summed up the Italian’s spell at Anfield. Not very good.

1 | Lazar Markovic | £20m

Liverpool’s worst signing of the decade.

The club thought they were getting a wonderkid when they signed 20-year-old Markovic for £20m.

It was a disaster, though, as the Serb scored three times in 34 matches.

The club finally offloaded him on a permanent basis in January to Fulham, playing one match before moving to Partizan Belgrade.

It’s hard to think of a club with a bigger difference in quality from the start of the decade to the end of the decade.

In Liverpool’s first Premier League match of the decade – a 1-1 draw away to Stoke – they fielded the likes of Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Philipp Degen and David N’Gog.

They will enter the next decade as the European champions with the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane – and that’s mainly thanks to the incredible success in the transfer market in recent years.

Ten years is a very long time in football.

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